Most Important Newcomers: 5 Rennie Childs

Who are the youngsters from the Oklahoma State team - either a first-year player, a redshirt freshman or a transfer who has not played a regular role as a starter, backup who saw significant minutes or on special teams - capable of making significant contributions this fall? Robert Allen ranks the top 10 players in this feature. Check back daily to see the countdown from No. 10 to No. 1.

No. 5
Rennie Childs, RB
5-10, 180, Fr.
Houston (Cypress Ridge), Texas

This may be a case of asking too much, too soon, but there are some questions for the Cowboys at the running back position. No question that the starter going into the season is Jeremy Smith, who has been a tremendous player to have on the team as he has complemented first Kendall Hunter and then Joseph Randle well.

Smith isn't the best pass-catching running back but at 5-10, 208 pounds he is chiseled physically and has been tough in short-yardage and goal-line situations, and also shown the ability to break off long runs. What he hasn't been is as dependable physically as the top guy at that position is demanded to be.

Until now, Randle has been that guy, but now Smith needs to be. Backup Desmond Roland showed marked improvement in the spring but that is still an uncertainty. The same goes with smaller and younger Caleb Muncrief.

Each fall camp it seems Mike Gundy has been able to find a young back, sometimes a freshman, to be in the mix and greatly contribute to the depth at a position that takes a beating. This freshman class has two incoming freshmen running backs, and Childs is the nominee coming out of summer.

Childs and standout Corion Webster from Atlanta, Texas are already on campus. But Childs has shown more explosiveness in the summer program and it was Childs that battled for Houston-area high school supremacy with rival and OU freshman Keith Ford.

There are no guarantees and when the pads come on that could bring Webster back into the mix. It would be nice if one of the two were to step up and make some plays in fall camp that show they can jump in and contribute.

In his last season at Cypress Ridge and against really good Texas high school competition, Childs rushed for 1,945 yards and 19 touchdowns on 213 carries. He also showed he can catch the ball out of the backfield.

However, there is a huge difference between that level and the Big 12. High school accomplishments are meaningless as to whether a freshman running back playing his first year at OSU; it's the first two weeks of camp and the first full scrimmage that will be the determining factor.

Childs and Webster will have to show it against the likes of Calvin Barnett, Shaun Lewis and Daytawion Lowe. Do it against those guys and get ready to play in the opener.

Links to the previous stories:
No. 10 Brandon Sheperd
No. 9 Jhajuan Seales
No. 8 Vincent Taylor
No. 7 Ra'Shaad Samples
No. 6 Vili Leveni

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